The Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad led Supreme Court panel constituted to hear the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 election has delivered its ruling.
The apex court justices presided over by the CJN includes; Justices Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Kayode Ariwoola, John Okoro, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-Ajji.
Former Vice President Atiku and the PDP had vehemently rejected the September 11 ruling of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) led by Justice Mohammed Garba. The PEPT had dismissed Atiku’s petitions and declared Buhari winner of the election.
Atiku and PDP after losing at the Appeal Court filed 66 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the PEPT.
In its first ruling, the apex court dismissed Atiku and PDP’s request that their 7 interlocutory appeals should be heard after the main one must have been argued.
However, the court held that it would be unnecessary to hear the interlocutory appeals when a judgement of the main appeal would cover it.
The apex court justices further ruled against the PDP on the major issues it raised about the February 23 Presidential Election.
Atiku and his party had accused President Buhari of lying under oath concerning his education qualification, adding that the secondary school Buhari alleged to have attended was not in existence as of the time he purportedly attended it.
The petitioner also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of manipulating the presidential results in favour of Buhari who is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that the results announced by INEC were different from what was obtained from INEC server.
The Justice Tanko Muhammad led Supreme Court justices however disagreed with the former Vice President and his party, PDP.
The CJN-led panel gave no reason for dismissing the petition, but however noted that the reason of the decision would be made known on a date to be announced.
Justice T. Muhammad noted that he and other 6 members of the panel read all the documents and exhibits filed by Atiku and PDP for 2 weeks, but however found that it was lacking in merit.
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